Special Needs Assisting

Award Title: QQI Level 5 Certificate in Community Care
Programme Co-ordinator: Deirdre Dowling
Award Code: 5M2786
Course Code: 414275

Programme Description:

This course is to prepare and equip candidates with the skills and knowledge to work as Special Needs Assistants/Personal Assistants in various educational settings and day care centres. The course is designed for those with a genuine interest in working with children, young people and persons with additional needs 

Component Awards:

  • Special Needs Assisting (5N1786)
  • Care Provision & Practice (5N2705)
  • Human Growth and Development (5N1279)
  • Work Experience (5N1356)
  • Communications (5N0690)
  • Social Studies (5N1370)
  • Safety and Health (5N1794)
  • Nutrition (5N2006)

Special Entry Requirements:

  • Garda Clearance is required
  • Relevant work experience is desirable.


  • This qualification will enable learners to apply for the position of Special Needs Assistant in a range of educational settings -Primary, Secondary & Further Education Settings
  • There will also be employment opportunities in Day Care Centres for persons with Intellectual Disabilities and other needs.
  • Budget 2022 has provided funding for 1165 new SNAs

“I took part in the Special Needs Assistant course in College of FET Kilkenny. As a mature student working in healthcare for many years returning to education was completely out of my comfort zone. I have thoroughly enjoyed the course content and I have gained valuable knowledge for future employment in this area. The tutors are incredibly informative and helpful throughout. I would encourage anyone Interested in Special Needs Education to try this course. It will not disappoint”.

Mary – Special Needs Assisting